CORE by Clare Smyth

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Chef Clare Smyth’s first restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, opened its doors August 2017.

Located in London’s Notting Hill at 92 Kensington Park Road, Core by Clare Smyth is a modern fine dining restaurant with a strong British ethos, in an elegant, relaxed interior.
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SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is excellent. The food sublime, the flavours are fantastic. We would definitely go back. You are not rushed at all.

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HN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal enjoyed in London for years. Very friendly, great service and food and drink were exciting experiences both visually and to taste. Very nice touch to say hello to Clare Smyth and her team as we entered. Perfectly run ship.

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NB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best in London.........a cut above the rest.

This place deserves its number one spot in London. They dont serve food, they serve perfection on a plate. Decor warm, refined and welcoming, staff excellent as to be expected. You enter for a night of food theatre, pass the glass fronted centre of operations the kitchen, Clare and her team even say hello as you’ll shown to you seat. This is all great and feels special, but is just the warm up show.........we visited for an evening meal and went on the full tasting menu, Wow what an experience, course after course of simply stunning food, each dish had an exception to detail that I’d never seen from other Michelin restaurants. The must have dishes are the potato, lamb carrot and the duck.......you won’t be disappointed, total cost for two with a bottle of wine was £325. You may feel this is expensive, put it simply its worth every penny. Will be back for lunch soon, well done best meal I’ve eaten.

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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience. Truly incredible in every way. A wonderful place for a special occasion.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core provided everything you would expect from a top class fine dining restaurant. In fact they went further than that, in addition to be top class professionals the staff were without exception welcoming, friendly and fun, which made it a wonderful experience. We now just need an e cause to return

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the 7 course tasting menu and it was simply wonderful! Our party of four each had our own special favourites - the Duck and Red Grapes; the Potato and Roe; the Pear and Vebena and the warm chocolate tart! Two of our party each had a wine pairing and the selection to the dishes was sublime. We now have some new favourite wines to try at home! Overall the service was efficient but not formal; the team were attentive and friendly. There is a nice working atmosphere which pervaded both front and back of house. All in all a wonderful treat and Clare’s style and reputation continues to be born out in her cooking and presentation

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DL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and charming service. The young chefs come out to introduce the dishes. We got to shake Clare Smyth's hand.

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AP
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend and I had a wonderful evening. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing from the amuse-bouche of eel and foie gras to starter of potatoes with caviar, main of duck, dessert of deconstructed carrot cake to the jelly of dessert wine and port.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing on every level. Clare, Rob and the team have ser the bar very high. Consistently exceeds all expectations...keeps on getting better with every visit.

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G
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience was all that we hoped it would be and much, much more. Exceptional food in all respects. The staff are delightful, extremely efficient and unobtrusive. This rates as the best meal we have ever eaten. Thank you the entire team, you are amazing.

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Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best meal I've ever had - incredible food, delicious wine, excellent service and a lovely bartender to round things off. Highly recommend!

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b
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional in every way. Delicious food which was creative and original without being gimmicky, and aesthetically delightful. All the staff were as professional and precise as you'd expect, but also charming and friendly. Star dish was a potato. Still can't quite believe it ...

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely outstanding lunch on the 12th January. I took my husband for a birthday treat & it was exceptional. We eat at a lot of first class restaurants and this has jumped in as my favourite. Attention to detail, flavours, presentation was absolutely perfect.

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M
Hamburg Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special experience to eat at Core by Clare Smyth. The concept is consistent. Casual fine dining gives the whole thing a certain amount of looseness, even if some visitors were too casual. The food was phenomenal and the service was also extra class. We will come back in any case. That was fun!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very classic. Cooked perfectcly. Good dishes. But absolutely nothing new, original or interesting. Doesn’t deserve 2 stars in my opinion

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TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, perfect atmosphere, excellent service, staff exceeded exceeded expectations. Only Critisism was the noise level was high, need to have curtains etc to soften the noise.

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l
London
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very very good food, depth of flavour of sauces was incredible, and attention to detail on the plating is mind blowing. It doesn’t get 5 stars as despite being Dry January there were NO alcohol free options on the wine list or even beers/spirits - eg Seedlip. I guess they’re full every day so “why bother?” Shame - I noticed at lunchtime over half the tables weren’t drinking so perhaps Core is missing a trick?

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L
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an amazing experience to taste Clare's team effort to create such an exceptional menu for us to enjoy. A big thank you and well done and would not hesitate to go again.

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food. Attention to detail is amazing. The tasting menu really takes you on a journey. 10/10

One qualm was the wine served to us was corked despite the sommelier tasting it first. But it all worked out in the end.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing, in my humble opinion. Attentative, yet relaxed, staff. And the food is excellent!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I have ever been in London. The chef is so professional and nice, definitely recommend to everyone.

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D
London
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime in every single way.

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b
London
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was outstanding. The food was wonderfully presented and the flavours were amazing. The service was possibly the best I have ever experienced. As a Vegan it was particularly pleasing to have as much choice as the meat eaters! Lovely to have the food presented by the younger chefs too giving them a chance to shine. Seeing Clare Smyth on the pass showed the passion and dedication she puts into this place her success is so well deserved.

We will be back and be recommending Core highly to our friends.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Core. The food was incredible and lovely staff. Thank you for having us!

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d
London
63 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Seemed to be much better than my first visit

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the chefs table and were able to see into the kitchen which added to our experience. The food was unbelievable and matched wines were all perfect.

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R
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING!!!! A not to be missed experience. Creative, attention to detail, impeccable service, and an overall foodie experience. It’s no wonder Clare has received two Michelin stars.. couldn’t be more deserving. The seven course tasting menu was amazing. The fois gras and truffled mousse, the potato with signature dish was amazing. The special with pasta and truffles was just a pure delight. The desserts.. omg. Can’t say enough great things. My husband and I are big foodies and just loved this spot.

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ES
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute of our dining experience at CORE. Opted for the full tasting menu, as well as wine pairings and a special added course of pasta with freshly shaved truffles. All in all, an incredible experience. Thoughtfully executed with excellent, attentive and knowledgeable staff.

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JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a long time since I have eaten such an exceptional meal. Each course had a combination of delicious and unusual flavours and tastes, cooked with great care and attention. One of the chefs came out to explain the ingredients in the dish and how they were were cooked which made the eating more interesting. It was all beautifully presented and really enhanced the meal. The staff were very attentive but without being obtrusive. The room had obviously been designed and decorated to minimise sound so that conversation was very easy. It was a wonderful experience!

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tasting menu I have experienced and my husband and I have been to a lot!

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Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was splendid, very thoughtfully put together. Michelin-starred establishment but mood was lighthearted and lively all around. Best dish for me was definitely the potato and roe. I loved how they turned the humble spud into the star of a dish! loooved the wine jellies at the end too (sweet post-dessert treat!). We also snuck a quick photo and interaction with the celebrity/chef herself! Highly recommended!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mucho bravo

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have eaten at Core and it did not disappoint. Excellent food, inventive and extremely well executed.

Service was exceptional. Did not rush and were there when you needed them, but did not hover.

Will go back in the Spring! Do not wait to try this world class restaurant.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really fabulous dinner. We can’t wait to go again.

We did the full tasting menu with wine pairing. The pairings were excellent and the food was all delicious. Don’t miss the cheese-the wine jelly is incredible!

My only criticism was the weird choice of music...Jackson Five isn’t really suited to the beautiful food, service and surroundings.

The toilets also smelled incredible. ;-)

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P
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Excellent food. The «todays special dish», linguine with trufles, is the best pasta dish I have had - ever!! Save up and go eat! I will be back. Yes!

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little gem undoubtedly gives one of the best eating experiences ever!
First class!

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VH
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be hard to write a review in anything but outstanding and glowing terms. Front of house, the greeting by the owner and chef through the kitchen glass enclosure, our table - decorations and bringing me a cushion as I am a little short! Every dish was a wonderful fusion of taste, delicacy and deliciousness. I liked the touch of the small spoon for the sauces because they were divine and could not be left. The sommelier advised me regarding a red wine which was beautiful and enjoyable. Someone enquired as to whether it was a special occasion of my daughter when my attention was taken up, and it was a lovely touch that she was brought a little dessert with a candle. Thank you so much to Clare and everyone on the team. It was all hugely appreciated.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, beautiful service - will be back. One of the very best fine dining experiences I’ve had.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with attentive service in a great dining room. Highly recommended.

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K
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Exactly how every 2 Michelin star restaurant should be - excellent food, relaxed dining, friendly and helpful staff and a good ambience.

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